Local Flower Shop News
Let a hundred flowers bloom in honor of Zeke the Sheik - The Pasadena Star-NewsTuesday, September 10, 2019
Mostly newspaper reporters.And some judges, on down the line.That’s ‘cause Zeke, aka Tim Dundon of Altadena, was the proprietor of a famous heap of organic matter hard by Mountain View Cemetery that was 30 feet high and covered almost all of a 50-foot by 217-foot lot near his garden.Cemeteries throw off a lot of grass clippings, and Zeke’s chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese deposited what he liked to call a lot of doo-doo. Still, even for a prolific gardener like Zeke — tomatoes and whatnot, boring squash, but also plenty of weed, back when that was under Prohibition — there was more compost than a person knew what to do with. I mean, you can only fertilize so many zucchini. If the pile weren’t there, or were smaller, he could have grown a bushel and a peck more veg.But, as our Janette Williams noted in these pages nine years ago, Zeke saw the compost itself as his life’s work. When after much legal wrangling it was bulldozed on April 20, 2005 when the property was put on the market by the cemetery — the owner of the lot on which Zeke squatted — it was a traumatic experience Dundon told Janette he never gotten over.Janette, our beloved late longtime reporter and then city desk editor, was one of many journalists who made a tremendous amount of hay out ... https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2019/08/14/let-a-hundred-flowers-bloom-in-honor-of-zeke-the-sheik/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
The following morning, Bantz's floral creations landed at the Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View, where clients in the memory-care program could admire them and choose one to take home.
Krause, Bantz and the other volunteers came together earlier this year to form the group when the nonprofit Random Acts of Flowers of Silicon Valley called it quits after its monthly rent doubled to $8,000. During its three years of operation, the nonproft — which was part of the national Random Acts of Flowers organization that is still in operation elsewhere — delivered nearly 32,000 bouquets and recycled more than 39,000 vases, according to its website.
The Silicon Valley group also developed a cadre of exceptionally enthusiastic volunteers, some of whom were working as many as four days a week and participating in every step, from picking up leftover flowers, rearranging them and personally delivering them to the bedside.
"When it closed its doors, people were broken hearted," said Klause, who had been four-day-a-week volunteer. "It was awful, just awful. There were several people who said, 'We've got to keep this up. Even if we make only five bouquets and deliver them to the VA once a week, that's what we'll do.'"
Klause was among the volunteers who came knocking on the door of nonprofit senior services agency Avenidas in a bid to find a new home for the activity.
"We heard about (the closure of Random Acts of Flowers) and decided to reach out and let the volunteers know we planned to do the same mission here," said Jyllian Halliburton, volunteer program manager at Avenidas in Palo Alto.
"We started to get contacted by the volunteers and we got about 30-plus volunteers reaching out to us. They were just so excited."
For now, Avenidas has made space for flower sorting and arranging in a large classroom at its Cubberley Community Center site every Wednesday, but workers are already ag... https://paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/10/07/volunteers-band-together-to-revive-recycled-bouquet-program
Local florist offering virtual floral design classes - 47abc - WMDTFriday, May 29, 2020
May 15, 2020 DELAWARE – A florist is taking his services virtual. Friendly Flowers and Bayberry Flowers owner Joshua Fredo says he’s had to change his business model since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Business has changed a lot. We’re used to a lot of walk in clients and weddings. Due to COVID, we’ve actually lost most of our summer weddings because people are too afraid to actually have them,” said Fredo.Fredo says that he used to offer floral design classes in person. He decided to take those classes to Zoom in order to give people a safe and fun activity to do at home. Fredo says that the classes can accommodate up to 45 people. “We can generally accommodate about 25-40 people during those classes, but being that we’re not allowed to gather, I kind of thought about everybody’s doing these Zoom happy hours and things like that, so why not do a Zoom floral design class?” said Fredo.The floral designer says that he’s going to offer a variety of different classes, so that everyone can join in on the fun,... https://www.wmdt.com/2020/05/local-florist-offering-virtual-floral-design-classes/
Flowers: Make a joyful arrangement - San Francisco ChronicleFriday, May 29, 2020
San Francisco florist Rebekah Northway of the Petaler (www.thepetalersf.com) creates arrangements that are joyfully of the garden, if that garden were vibrant and lively like an Eden should be. Getting her start in 2006 with big restaurant accounts like Range, Nopa, Zuni Cafe and Bar Tartine, the New Mexico native took cues from her clients’ similar culinary ethos. “They valued really fresh, local produce, and that really influenced my arrangements, which weren’t necessarily about design but rather about showcasing the beautiful material in a natural way,” Northway says. She likens her work to a wild garden or “rebellious ikebana,” a seemingly untamed modern-day spin on the ancient and ceremonial Japanese art of flower arranging. Professional influences notwithstanding, the root, so to speak, of her calling can be traced back to her family’s robust garden of flowers and ed... https://www.sfchronicle.com/culture/article/Flowers-Make-a-joyful-arrangement-15270753.php
Coronavirus update: Newsom says florists, clothing stores may reopen this week - The CalifornianFriday, May 29, 2020
The plan under the second phase of the governor's four-point reopening plan allows retailers such as clothing stores, sporting goods and florists to resume operations with curbside pickup.It did not immediately include dine-in eating at restaurants and reopening of offices, which were in previously stated Phase 2 plans.“I recently revised our County Shelter in Place Order, lifting restrictions on certain industries and activities, and those changes take effect today, “ Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno said. “I will be reviewing the Governor’s recommendations and conferring with regional health officers to determine the best approach. The addition of community testing and state assistance in contact tracing efforts are important new resources towards implementation of Phase 2 changes.”Newsom said a key consideration for entering Phase 2 is the ability for health authorities to test and conduct contact tracing of infections.The announcement came as businesses in two more Northern California counties reopened. Yuba and Sutter counties followed last week's lead of rural Modoc County amid pressure to restart California's economy, even as hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 continue.Newsom’s six-week-old order required nearly 40 million residents to remain mostly at home.Sutter ... https://www.thecalifornian.com/story/news/2020/05/04/coronavirus-newsom-says-florists-clothing-stores-may-reopen-week/3082059001/
Oxford florist asks: "If Marks & Spencer sell flowers why can't I?" - Oxford MailFriday, May 29, 2020
A FRUSTRATED florist has hit out after he was told he wasn't allowed to reopen his shop - even though supermarkets are selling flowers and plants. Gary Cooper, who owns Fabulous Flowers on Banbury Road in Oxford, had been hoping to reopen on Wednesday after the Government said garden centres could open again. He planned to allow customers to buy flowers from outside his store even bought a contactless card machine to help make business safer. But after checking with Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards, he was told his flower shop had to remain closed. Also read: Botley butcher's new 'dream' farm shop gets a top food hygiene rating Mr Cooper said: “Our Oxford shop has a wide area outside where we sell plants and flowers from, so we were hoping to be able to sell plants and flowers at the front of the shop. “We set up a counter at the front door where we would take card payments and I even bought a new wireless card machine. “We thought it would be fine because M&S is cu... https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18454075.oxford-florist-frustrated-plans-reopen-shop-crushed/
Bride and florist donate flowers after postponing wedding over coronavirus - GMAFriday, May 29, 2020